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February 12, 2013  : :  Vol. 15, No. 2

Trevor Janz Grassroots Pilot Tour Continues in 2013
By Trevor Janz, EAA 656941

Just recently, Jeff Skiles (vice president of Chapters), Brian O'Lena (manager of Young Eagles), and I flew down to Charlotte, North Carolina, for a Grassroots Pilot Tour stop hosted by EAA Chapter 309. We arranged space at the Carolinas Aviation Museum, which houses the US Airways Flight 1549 "Miracle on the Hudson" aircraft. It was a fitting venue for First Officer Jeff Skiles to address the more than 210 people in attendance. Read more >>
Chapters in Action
Sonex EAA Chapter 506 Builds a Sonex
We recently talked to Norman Smit, webmaster for EAA Chapter 506 in Smithfield, North Carolina, about his chapter's Sonex project. By keeping track of their progress via an online builder's log, Norman said the chapter has seen an increase in participation, interest, and knowledge of homebuilding among its members. Read more >>
News from EAA Headquarters
Chapter Renewals: Deadline Expired
The EAA Chapter Office has received a large number of filled-out chapter renewal packets. However, there are still a fair number of chapters that have not yet submitted the required information, which was due on January 15. This information is required in order to keep your chapter in active status with current insurance to conduct activities and events.

Each chapter's 2012 president received the original chapter renewal packet for completion. Utilizing the preprinted forms helps us update your chapter record accurately and efficiently. However, if your chapter is unable to locate the original forms, you can print them online or obtain them by contacting the EAA Chapter Office at If your chapter has not yet submitted your information, please do so as soon as possible.

Chapters Academy Upcoming Chapter Leaders Academy Rescheduled for April 26 - 28
The spring Chapter Leaders Academy has been rescheduled from March to April 26 - 28, 2013. The fall session on October 18 - 20, 2013, remains as scheduled. The Chapter Leaders Academy is an excellent opportunity to network with other chapter leaders, learn about the programs and services available to your chapter, meet EAA staff, and experience Oshkosh in a completely different way than AirVenture. Read more >>

Grow Your Chapter With a Chapter Trial Membership
Recruiting new members is a common aspiration for many EAA chapters in the new year. EAA provides an excellent recruitment tool to accomplish this goal with the Chapter Trial Membership Program. This program allows your chapter to give prospective chapter members a free 6-month EAA general membership trial, which includes the full set of EAA membership benefits at no cost. Read more >>

Nominations Sought For EAA Homebuilders and Ultralight Hall of Fame
EAA is seeking nominees the Homebuilders and Ultralight halls of fame for induction into the class of 2013. This honor provides permanent recognition for the designers, builders, educators, pioneers, record-setters, and others who made a substantial impact in the homebuilt and ultralight movements. Induction ceremonies are held at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in the fall of 2013. Download Homebuilders and Ultralight halls of fame nomination forms. The nomination deadline is March 1, 2013.
2013 Airventure AirVenture 2013 Volunteer Opportunities
We are accepting applications for those interested in volunteering at AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 or on a year-round basis at EAA. For a listing of all of these volunteer opportunities, please click here and complete the application form to indicate your areas of interest and availability. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Tellock at

Family Flightfest EAA Family Flightfest Planned for March 2-3
EAA's Family Flightfest will be held on March 2 and March 3 at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, this popular family event features a variety of fun, hands-on aviation activities that educate and spark museum visitors' curiosity about flight. Lunch will be available for purchase each day between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. As always, EAA members are admitted free to the EAA AirVenture Museum. For general public rates, a list of activities, and more information, visit the museum website or call 920-426-6880.
Chapter Toolbox
Grill Winter Projects Bring Tasty Results
The fly-in pancake breakfast is a long-standing chapter tradition that's evolved into a culinary work of art in many hangars. While the winter weather brings many of us inside to "hangar fly," it's also the perfect time for your chapter to build a rotating pancake griddle or barrel grill for your upcoming spring events!
For Your Newsletter
Content you can republish in your chapter's newsletter or website.
From EAA's Archives
This year as EAA celebrates its 60th anniversary, we encourage our local chapters to reflect upon their own history and founding mission. To help you get inspired, this month we're sharing a few images from EAA's archives that you can use in your chapter's newsletter or website. If you have historical photos of your chapter you'd like to share, please send them to

Early days of EAA
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1960s EAA Fly-In
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Paul's Baby Ace article
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Chapter Spotlight
A Q&A session with chapter presidents, leaders, and members.
Chapter 1246 EAA Chapter 1246 (McKinney, Texas)
This month we talked to T' Marbach, newly elected president of EAA Chapter 1246 in McKinney, Texas, to learn more about the self-described "friendliest EAA chapter in Texas!"

How did you get involved with Chapter 1246?
I attended my first chapter meeting in 2011 at the request of my flight instructor. I knew of other chapters that didn't want to talk to you if you weren't working on a project; but the members of 1246 were very welcoming, so I kept coming back! The chapter helped me through the flight training process, always there to answer my questions. I eventually earned my pilot certificate in May 2012.

Who makes up your membership?
We have close to 300 members and about 44 nonmembers who receive our chapter e-mails about upcoming programs and events. We're open to anyone with an interest in aviation, whether you're building, flying, or just an enthusiast. There's one guy who's not building or learning to fly because he's helping his wife get through nursing school. But he just loves being around aviation and airplanes.
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Open Mic
Volunteering The Benefits of Volunteering
Submitted by Kirk Fjetland, president of EAA Chapter 237

One of the best ways to make new aviation friends and strengthen existing relationships is to commit to a shared activity together. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area. This involvement can strengthen your ties to the community and broaden your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighborhood resources, and fun and fulfilling activities.
Upcoming Programs
2013 SportAir Workshops—Two-day aircraft building programs
Upcoming Homebuilding Workshops:
March 2-3: Griffin, GA
Limited spots remain for TIG Welding
March 2-3: Frederick, MD—RV Assembly Only
March 23-24: Watsonville, CA
April 20-21: Broomfield, CO
May 11-12: Waco, TX
View complete schedule and courses available by location >>

Register online or call 800-967-5746.
Pre-registration is required for all workshops.

Webinars: Free to all aviation enthusiasts

EAA Chapter Chat: B-17 and Tri-Motor Flying Tour - February 12, Presented by Margaret Viola

Maintaining Aircraft Control and How to Avoid Loss of Control - February 19, Presented by Rich Stowell

Passing a Flight Review and Instrument Proficiency Check - February 20, Presented by Ted Sanders

Fuel System Testing - February 27, Presented by Dave Prizio and Joe Gauthier

Five Secrets of Cost-Effective Maintenance - March 6, Presented by Mike Busch

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Pre-registration required.
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